Marriage, once just a social institution, now implies a legal relationship, with some limitations that could be changed for greater social benefit.
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The alliance of the military technology industry and the growth of the government’s war authority has led to increasingly aggressive foreign policy.
In this entry, Lawrence H. White explains the changing ways in which economists have thought about money and banking, including the debate over deregulation.
Paternalism in law-making is where the government makes decisions for individuals based on what the government thinks is best for them.
Political parties can help to inform voters and overcome collective action problems, but also institutionalize government vote-seeking and rent-seeking.
Pornography is an issue that raises questions about sexuality and feminism, but also about censorship and whether government can regulate entertainment.
When the government uses price controls to influence the affordability of products, shortages or surpluses occur - often making the problem worse.
Privacy and the government’s treatment of private information has changed with new waves of crime-detecting and information-collecting technology.
Privatization occurs when government grants control of an industry to market forces, often leading to greater efficiency and choice.
Libertarians are skeptical of some approaches to psychiatry especially when it involves government or when patients are coerced into accepting treatment.
Public choice theory, now popular among academics, approaches economic and political phenomena by examining individual choices and interests.
Racism, or the belief that certain racial or ethnic groups are inferior to others or deserve lesser treatment, is fundamentally opposed to individualism.
Government regulation of the market is often argued to be a response to market failures. However, often these regulations make society worse off.
Rent-seeking occurs when actors lobby the government for regulatory legislation that assures the actor an advantage in the market.
A restitution-based system, which requires those guilty to pay recompense to those they wrong, may be more just than our retribution or crime-based systems.
Retributive justice holds that punishment is the only way to achieve justice and properly disincentivize criminal behavior, but to explain why, opinions differ.
The right to bear arms, though vaguely written and often debated, is a Constitutional guarantee that protects the right for self-protection.
The rule of law keeps society protected and in order by holding everyone – including government – accountable to objective standards of behavior.